Literary Nonfiction. Jewish Studies. Personal Memoir. A lantern slide, a faded recipe book, a postcard from Mexico, a nugget of fool's gold—such are the clues available to the narrator of THE SMALLEST OBJECTIVE as she excavates for buried treasure in her family home. Together, these objects belonging to several Jewish personalities afford an intriguing vantage point on 20th‐century Montreal—from a Runyonesque character well-known by the city's gossip columnists to a Lithuanian botanist versed in the fossil record to a young woman whose newfound opportunities mirror the promise and ambiguities of the city itself. As the narrator struggles with her mother's failing memory and final decline, unexpected secrets are revealed and expired truths exposed.
Sharon Kirsch is the author of THE SMALLEST OBJECTIVE (New Star Books, 2020) and WHAT SPECIES OF CREATURES (2008), a book of creative non-fiction about first encounters between early settlers to North America and unfamiliar "beasts." A writer and an editor, she has published fiction, narrative non-fiction, and journalism, most recently in subTerrain and Room magazines. Sharon Kirsch is originally from Montreal and has lived in the US and the UK, the latter as a Commonwealth Scholar for postgraduate study in Middle English literature. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program. She currently is based in Toronto.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN